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Phone tower approved for Harrisdale Shopping Centre

01 Jun 2018
TelstraNews

CITY of Armadale has approved the installation of a 23.9m telecommunications tower at the Harrisdale Shopping Centre.

The application was made on behalf of Telstra and requested a tower and equipment shelter be installed at the shopping centre to the west of Aldi and north of the loading bay entrance in a bid to improve reception and services in Harrisdale and Piara Waters.

Armadale’s council meeting agenda said Piara Waters Oval, Sheaf Park, Marseille Park, Burtonia Park, Jim and Alma Baker Park and Heronwood Reserve had all been discussed as potential locations, but Armadale chief executive Ray Tame said the loss of public open space meant they weren’t believed to be as good a location as the shopping centre.

To continue reading the article: click here. (communitynews.com.au)

Court sides with Optus over Telstra, lifts injunction on 'Empires End' advertisements

31 May 2018
OptusNews

A judge has ruled in Optus' favour over an advertising campaign criticising rival Telstra, lifting a ban filed earlier this month on displaying the ads.

The Victorian Supreme Court's decision came after the court granted Telstra an injunction on 16 May, shortly after the suit was filed on 11 May.

“Telstra has failed to establish that Optus has engaged in conduct that is misleading or deceptive, or likely to mislead or deceive, in contravention of [the Australian Consumer Law]; or that Optus has made false or misleading representations as to its services,” Justice Robson said in the ruling.

To continue reading the article: click here. (crn.com.au)

NBN Co accountability pledge by Labor if it regains power

31 May 2018
NbnNews

The Australian Labor Party has pledged to make NBN Co, the company rolling out the national broadband network, more accountable to consumers if it gets back into power at the next federal election.

Labor Shadow Communications Minister Michelle Rowland said during a Sky News interview on Monday that she had spoken at many public forums around the country and when it came to the NBN, the main complaint she had encountered was the lack of accountability of the NBN Co.

"Now this government would have you believe that 9 out of 10 customers who are connected have a great experience," Rowland told interviewer Peta Credlin. "Well, as you would well know..., you can go down to any pub, speak to any number of taxi-drivers for example, and they will laugh you out of town because that is simply not happening.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itwire.com)

NBN Co: the money is good, the results aren't

31 May 2018
NbnNews

The NBN Co pays its staff handsomely, figures revealed ahead of Senate estimates hearings last week show, with 8% of its 6044 staff taking home more than $200,000.

The Australian reported that 2% of NBN Co employees pocket about $300,000 per annum, while the chief executive Bill Morrow has to make do on $3.56 million.

By comparison, Australia Post told Senate estimates that 0.8% of its employees were paid more than $200,000 per annum.

In terms of numbers, that means more than 480 NBN Co employees get pay packets of more than $200,000 each year while 120 earn packages of more than $300,000.

Another six senior NBN Co executives were earning more than $1 million a year.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itwire.com)

Bad posture takes a belting with new 4G LTE belt from Telstra's Innovation Challenge

31 May 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra's annual Innovation Challenge took place on the weekend, with Australian teams building IoT solutions for very interesting health and wellness challenges, with one winner a true belter.

In conjunction with its industry partner, Bupa, Telstra's impressive and must-visit Innovation Challenge 2018 website, complete with tons of information and video, sees the invitation of "current and future leaders in innovation and technology to create brilliant connected solutions for real-life problems".

Telstra and Bupa "challenged the Australian innovation community — universities and the general public — to form teams (into two streams) and develop IoT solutions that could improve our lives".

To continue reading the article: click here. (itwire.com)

Black spot back in black

31 May 2018
InTheNews

THE VICTORIAN Government will continue to support the eradication of mobile black spots in regional Victoria despite the Turnbull Government abandoning its mobile black spot program (MBSP).

The 2017/18 Federal Budget revealed no additional funding for the MBSP even though thousands of regional Victorians still experience inconsistent or non-existent mobile coverage.

To continue reading the article: click here. (riverineherald.com.au)

Optus reports a fault at its Margate tower, customers are without phones and internet

31 May 2018
OptusNews

UPDATE: Optus says it has gotten to the bottom of the outage that left hundreds of customers north of Brisbane without access to their phone or internet services.

The outage lasted all Tuesday and Wednesday.

An Optus spokesman said: “All services on this network have been locked by the sites landlord while a third party completed planned work at the location”.

Optus said it had received “some complaints” but was unable to say how many were affected by the outage.

“Optus customers in Margate may be experiencing disruptions to their voice and data services due to a planned network outage,” he said.

To continue reading the article: click here. (couriermail.com.au)

WA farmers plan own broadband network to follow 4000km of WA grain railway line

31 May 2018
InTheNews

WA’s grain belt could have enterprise-grade, affordable broadband services to rival the NBN within three years, under plans supported by CBH Group and rail network operator Arc Infrastructure.

The WA SuperNet plan involves running 4000km of optic fibre, buried within the easements of the regional rail network stretching from Northampton to Esperance.

Forty-metre towers would be constructed at about 100 CBH receival bins.
 
Where there is no rail, radio deployment could be used on towers, also on CBH sites.

WA SuperNet would use the infrastructure to provide a wholesale service, while Telstra or other regional service providers would provide a retail service.

To continue reading the article: click here. (thewest.com.au)

Cockies cop the blame for Optus outages at Kyneton and surrounds

30 May 2018
OptusNews

OPTUS customers across the region experienced mobile coverage outages from Thursday at noon to Saturday afternoon, but the company is blaming the outage on some pesky local cockatoos. 

The fault at the phone tower in Kyneton impacted nearby towers, meaning customers in Castlemaine, Daylesford and Maryborough also experienced service interruptions. 

Optus confirmed services were fully restored on Saturday.

An Optus spokesperson said the company had discovered that six antenna cables had been chewed through on Friday.

To continue reading the article: click here. (bendigoadvertiser.com.au)

Optus to slash 400 jobs

30 May 2018
OptusNews

Telco seeks right mix of skills as it works to become a “world-class, mobile-led, digital service provider”

Optus has confirmed plans to cut 400 jobs.

A spokesperson for the telco said the redundancies were a product of its strategy to create a “world-class, mobile-led, digital service provider which leverages technology to deliver more game-changing experiences and premium content to customers”.

“Optus is making a step-change to the way we work, do business and fund future investments so we can continue to thrive in our increasingly competitive and disruptive market,” the spokesperson said.

To continue reading the article: click here. (computerworld.com.au)

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